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The Kidzone has programs galore as well as books, movies, and other cool stuff. Read our blog below for more information and check out our upcoming events to get an idea of what's happening at the Kidzone! Our main phone number is 205.444.7830.

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Horten's Incredible Illusions: Magic, Mystery & Another Very Strange Adventure
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A Mutiny in Time
Starry River of the Sky
Pickle: The (Formerly) Anonymous Prank Club of Fountain Point Middle School
Iron Hearted Violet
Jake and Lily
Paris Pan Takes the Dare
Me and the Pumpkin Queen
Read All About It!
The Boy on Cinnamon Street
Nerd Camp
The Classroom
Smells Like Dog
Mission Unstoppable
On the Road to Mr. Mineo's
The Mark of Athena
A Whole Lot of Lucky
Alien on a Rampage
One for the Murphys

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Kidzone Blog

1,2, learn something new.  3, 4, learn something more.  5, 6, add to the mix.  7, 8, books that are great.  9, 10, begin again!
These COUNTING books deserve more than one read.  Aim for ten . . . then begin again!  And you can count on a "123" sticker on the book spine to find even more number books when you roam the shelves.
12 Ways to Get to 11 by Eve Merriam
100 Animals on Parade! by Masayuki Sebe
123 Versus ABC by Mike Boldt
1, 2, 3 to the Zoo by Eric Carle
Big Fat Hen by Keith Baker
Count the Monkeys by Mac Barnett
Each Orange Had 8 Slices: A Counting Book by Paul Giganti
The Deep, Deep Puddle by Mary Jessie Parker
The Doorbell Rang by Pat Hutchins
Five Green and Speckled Frogs by Priscilla Burris
Five Little Ducks by Ivan Bates
How Many Jelly Beans? by Andrea Menotti

If you've been reading my blog for any length of time, you know that I am a product of my Midwestern parents' upbringing.  Yes, it's true -- I prefer basketball to football.  I know this makes me a bit of an oddball around here.  It also means I'm not especially qualified to write a blog about Mike Lupica's new book, QB 1.  Luckily, Goodreads summed it up WAY better than I could:
From #1 New York Times bestselling author of Travel Team, Heat, and Million-Dollar Throw comes a cheer-worthy, family-friendly football novel set amid the Friday Night Lights world of Texas high school football.
See what I mean?  Now, even I want to read it.  Better add my name to the waiting list before you football fans beat me to it. 

One of my final classes in grad school was an independent study about public library outreach.  I did tons of research on outreach practices.  Some involved  the librarian (that's me!) leaving the library and heading out into the community, but outreach also focuses on providing materials that will draw the public into our doors.  One of the best ideas I gathered from that research was our Hoover Preschool Theme Kits.  We had 25 boxes filled with books, fingerplays, and manipulatives, each centered around a common theme in early childhood education.  Anyone with a library card could check them out -- educators, families, you name it.  They were popular, but they were bulky.  It was difficult for our patrons to carry them, and it was impossible to find a good spot for them on our shelves.  So we've taken a great idea and made it even better.  We now have 53 Hoover Library Storytime Theme Bags available for checkout in the picture book room, on the pegs next to the desk.  Each messenger bag includes five picture books, a puppet or storykit, and a DVD or CD.  There is a red binder that outlines each bag's theme and contents, and you can easily place a hold on the one you want.  Let's have a big round of applause for Laura Tucker, the librarian who oversaw this project!  Make sure you give her a high-five the next time you're in the Kid Zone.

Now I know my ABCs.  Next time won't you sing with me?

You'll definitely be able to sing with me once you check out some of these ALPHABET books.  And, if these aren't enough for you, look for the ABC stickers on the spines of the picture books when you're browsing the shelves in the Kid Zone.  If you're looking for some interactive ABC fun, try Storytime Live with Miss Traci, Thursdays at 10:30 a.m.  Her overall theme this year is Alphabet Garden.  Daycare and preschool groups are welcome, but please call 444-7830 to let us know you're coming.
A, B, See! by Tana Hoban
A Is for Musk Ox by Erin Cabatingan
A Is for Salad by Mike Lester
A Isn't for Fox: The Isn't Alphabet by Wendy K. Ulmer
A, My Name Is Alice by Jane Bayer
Aa Is for Aardvark by Mark Shulman
ABC T-Rex by Bernard Most
Agent A to Agent Z by Andy Rash
Alpha Oops!: The Day Z Went First by Alethea Kontis
Apple Pie ABC by Alison Murray
Astonishing Animal ABC by Charles Fuge
The Bouncing, Dancing, Galloping ABC by Charlotte Doyle
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin, Jr.
Dr. Seuss's ABC by Dr. Seuss
Eating the Alphabet by Lois Ehlert
G Is for Goat by Patricia Polacco
LMNO Peas by Keith Baker

Now, I know that some of you are wondering just what exactly I mean by "multi-platform book phenomenon".  I'm referring to the current craze in tween literature where a series (1) publishes a new title every three months, (2) rotates writing responsibilities among popular authors, and (3) expands the experience through an online game.  The 39 Clues series established the trend; Spirit Animals continues it.  In the realm of Erdas, every child who comes of age must discover in they have a spirit animal bond, a rare link that conveys incredible power.  The first title, Wild Born by Brandon Mull (author of both the Fablehaven and Beyonders series), debuted today, September 10, 2013.